Charles E. Hervas
Charles E. Hervas graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in 1983. While in law school, Chuck served on the Moot Court Board and represented DePaul on two national moot court teams. After graduation, Chuck has a long history in local government. His government service is highlighted by his appointment and election as an Alderman on the City Council in Des Plaines, Illinois from 1986 through 1989 and election as a school board member for Itasca School District 10 from 1997 through 2005. He also serves as counsel to a variety of governmental bodies, including service as Village Attorney for the Village of Itasca since 1990. Chuck also serves as legal counsel to Northeast Multi-Regional Training, one of the largest police training organizations in the United States.
Chuck is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in the defense of government officials and governmental entities in civil rights, employment and personal injury cases. He has handled a multitude of complex litigation matters in both the federal and state courts. He has argued many important cases in the Appellate Courts and he has assisted in the preparation and briefing of two arguments before the United States Supreme Court. He also has substantial experience in the area of fire and police discipline and he has represented numerous fire and police commissions in complex hearings and the subsequent administrative review process. On the rare occasion in which Chuck has accepted a case on the plaintiff side, he successfully argued a First Amendment retaliation case to a jury which awarded his client 12.5 million dollars. Chuck also is experienced in administrative process and has handled a multitude of cases involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Chuck is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and in various federal District Courts in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He has published several works, including his contribution in Illinois Jurisprudence—Municipal Law, published by Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing. He is a frequent lecturer in the area of police training and for several years he has been a featured speaker for the FBI sponsored Midwest Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (MLEEDS). Chuck married his college sweetheart and they have three children and reside in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Michael D. Bersani
Mike received an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1985 and a law degree from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois in 1988.
Following law school, Mike served two years as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Judge Edward T. Barfield, First District Appellate Court, State of Florida. Upon entering private practice in 1990, Mike has concentrated his practice in defending local governments and local governmental officials and employees in both federal civil rights and state court tort litigation.
Mike is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Florida, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. On a personal note, Mike and his family reside in Bartlett, Illinois, where he has served as an elected village trustee and appointed fire commissioner, and has been active in little league and high school hockey and booster organizations.
Yordana Sawyer received her J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2006 and her bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. While at Chicago-Kent, she worked as an extern with Cook County Circuit Court Judge James Henry and was an extern at the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian. She was the recipient of various awards, including the Chicago-Kent Merit Scholarship and Kent Justice Foundation Fellowship.
Before joining Hervas, Condon & Bersani, P.C., Yordana was a Research Staff Attorney at the Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield. She has been an active member of the Illinois Government Bar Association, serving as their Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor while in Springfield.
Matthew J. Hafeli
Matthew J. Hafeli graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2010. While attending law school, Matthew served as an extern for the Honorable Frederick J. Kapala of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and was an assistant editor of the Law Review, having an article published in the Kane County Bar Briefs. In addition to spending a summer as a law clerk at HC&B, he also worked for the in-house counsel of System Parking Corporation in Chicago. During his college days at Liberty University, Matthew worked a summer internship in Washington D.C. for United States Congressman Don Manzullo.
Michael W. Condon
Michael W. Condon is a 1986 graduate of the John Marshall Law School, where he was the Executive Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review. He was published in the John Marshall Law Review and also participated in the school's Moot Court program. During law school, Michael served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Donald P. O'Connell, the former Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. During his college days at Marquette University, Michael worked a summer internship in the White House during President Carter's Administration in the Office of Political Affairs.
For the past twenty years, Michael has represented public officials and various units of local government across the State of Illinois at both the trial and appellate levels. He has served as lead counsel for a myriad of public and private clients in discrimination suits brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Michael has successfully tried numerous jury cases in federal court on behalf of public officials and their employers. In one well publicized case, Michael and his partners obtained a $1.7 million jury verdict against the Town of Cicero in a whistleblower suit brought on behalf of the town's former Police Chief and Deputy Chief. Over the years, Michael also has had the privilege of arguing numerous cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals which have resulted in published opinions.
In addition to his federal trial practice, Michael also has substantial experience in litigating administrative matters involving units of local government. He has successfully represented police chiefs and other officers in disciplinary proceedings before local fire and police commissions.
Michael frequently lectures on the topics of civil rights and tort liability for both public and private employers. He has been retained by many local villages and police departments to provide training to their employees on such topics as use of force, racial profiling, police pursuits and sexual harassment in the workplace. Michael has also conducted numerous training seminars sponsored by different police organizations, including the Northeast Multi-Regional Training, Inc., the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, the Illinois Association of Police Planners, and the Illinois Association of Police Chiefs.
Michael lives in the City of Elmhurst with his wonderful wife and five children. He is a sports enthusiast who enjoys running and participating in his children's many activities.
Jason W. Rose
Jason W. Rose is a 1991 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review. Prior to law school, Jason graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he majored in finance.
After graduation, Jason worked for three years as litigation counsel for a Chicago-based insurance company. During that time, Jason successfully defended hundreds of clients in tort cases and tried numerous cases to verdict. He also arbitrated over 150 cases. Jason is currently a certified arbitrator for Cook County’s arbitration program.
Before joining HC&B in 1996, Jason worked as litigation counsel at the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), where he investigated and prosecuted allegations of misconduct against lawyers. Since leaving the ARDC, Jason has successfully represented lawyers facing ARDC investigations.
For the last nine years, Jason has handled a wide variety of cases at HC&B but has concentrated in representing police officers in false arrest, malicious prosecution and excessive force cases. Jason has also represented private and municipal clients in tort, employment, discrimination and adult use ordinance cases. Jason has successfully tried numerous cases on both the state and federal level and has also prevailed in appellate cases before the Seventh Circuit and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In July 2001, Jason was made a partner at HC&B.
Jason is married and is a proud father of two children. Jason and his family live in Northbrook, where Jason is active in local little league and youth hockey.
Anthony G. Becknek
Anthony Becknek graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2011. While attending law school, Anthony served as an extern for the United States Attorneys Office in Detroit, Michigan, as well as serving as a General Counsel clerk for the Department of Justice, Interpol in Washington, D.C. while studying at Georgetown University Law Center. At Michigan State University, Anthony was President of the Spartan Law Student Society, Editor-in-Chief of the MSU legal newspaper Res Ipsa, an editorial associate of the Journal of Medicine and Law, and a member of the Michigan State Moot Court and Trial Advocacy team, finishing eighth best individual oralist out of 120 competitors at the Jessup Moot Court Championship. Anthony also participated in the prestigious Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, earning a trial practice certificate. While in college at DePaul University, Anthony was an Academic All-American and USA Track and Field All-American while serving as Captain of DePaul Universities Track and Cross Country teams. Anthony has also obtained a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.